With kids, holidays don’t always go as planned.

Fourth of July, is almost here, and with such a special birthday coming, we hope you’re able to relax and get ready to celebrate this special birthday.

To help you get ready, we’ve put together some great tips to make the most out of this year’s Fourth of July.

Tip #1 Invest in a fan

A fan serves an even greater purpose than keeping you cool. The moving air is also a natural mosquito repellent. With a fan, you can enjoy the great outdoors feeling cooler and without swatting mosquitoes all night.

Tip #2 Make your own “thunder calming shirt” for your pets before fireworks

Whether you plan to go out and watch fireworks or light some yourself, making sure your pets are calm before you go is important. If you don’t want to buy a thunder jacket, check out this photo for an easy DIY.

Tip #3 Try some Fourth of July themed foods

To get you thinking about Independence Day, why not try cooking some patriotic foods? Bake a pie and decorate it with American colors, or even make a American flag cake. Grilling some traditional BBQ is always great, so long as it reminds you of childhood favorites and America!

Tip #4 Or make some simple Watermelon Juice

Watermelon is a great summertime treat that will go with just about any dish you serve this Fourth of July. This time around, try turning your favorite side dish into your favorite drink. For easy instructions, check out this recipe.

Tip #5 But more importantly, brush up on your history

What’s an Independence Day celebration without taking some time to think about those who made it happen. This Fourth of July, take some time to reread the events that took place July 4, 1776 so you can truly know the meaning of the day’s celebration.

Tip #6 Memorize at least one amendment in the Bill of Rights together

Speaking of Independence Day, why not celebrate your freedoms by learning more about them? The first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States are known as the Bill of Rights, which lists out each freedom you are guaranteed as an American citizen.

Without the events that took place in 1776, there would be no Bill of Rights. So take some time with your student to memorize one amendment this Fourth of July. Besides, you’ll be able to show off your knowledge at some point.

Tip #7 Drive somewhere nearby and soak up some local history

You might be thinking there isn’t much history in California, compared to, say, Boston. But that’s where you’d be wrong! While we may not be near Revolutionary War historical sites, taking time to appreciate history anywhere in the US certainly counts! Head to Old Town San Diego, explore a memorial or take some time at a museum.

Tip #8 Above all, spend the day with someone you care about

Of course, the best part of any holiday is that you can surround yourself with people you love. Whether it’s a significant other or family and friends, be sure to spend your Independence with people you care about.